* Benson Leads The Only Lap That Counts In '06 * Hornaday Looks For Concrete Sweep * Mother Joins Son's Over-The-Wall Crew Wild Nashville Finish In 2006 Daytona Beach, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2007) -- For Johnny Benson (No. 23 Toyota Certified Used ...
* Benson Leads The Only Lap That Counts In '06
* Hornaday Looks For Concrete Sweep
* Mother Joins Son's Over-The-Wall Crew
Wild Nashville Finish In 2006
Daytona Beach, Fla. (Aug. 6, 2007) -- For Johnny Benson (No. 23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota), his victory in the 2006 Toyota Tundra 200 was a case of being in the right place at the right time.
Benson never held the lead until the final trip around Nashville Superspeedway's 1.333-mile concrete surface and found third place the place to be in a green-white-checkered shoot-out.
The winner's success came at the expense of teammate Mike Skinner (No. 5 Toyota Tundra Toyota) and 2006 series champion Todd Bodine (No. 30 Lumber Liquidators Toyota), who had traded the lead four times over the race's final 72 laps before contact left both trucks wedged against the Turn 3 wall.
Benson's success marked the second time in the 2006 season the race winner led only the final lap. Ironically, Bodine measured Skinner in the same manner in June at Texas Motor Speedway.
The outcome of the race didn't blunt Bodine's charge to the championship -- he still wound up with a finish of eighth while Skinner dropped to 17th.
But he and his team still think about the finish.
"We classify it as a 'laughable memory' and we put it behind us," said Bodine. "Mike says we're both boneheads, but we know better than that! We've chalked it up to hard-headed racing."
And the message to Nashville fans? Don't leave early.
Hornaday Needs Win To Sweep Concrete Speedways
A victory in Saturday's Toyota Tundra 200 will make Ron Hornaday Jr. (No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet) the only competitor to sweep all three concrete-surfaced tracks on the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series schedule.
Hornaday won June's AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway and counts a pair of victories at Bristol Motor Speedway.
To complete the sweep, the 49-year-old Californian will have to rebound from last year's 33rd-place finish. Hornaday was knocked out of the Toyota Tundra 200 by accident after leading 27 laps.
Jack Sprague (No. 60 Con-way Freight Toyota) can complete a sweep of all four Tennessee tracks on which the series has competed -- Nashville Superspeedway, Music City Motorplex, Memphis Motorsports Park and Bristol.
Travis Kvapil (No. 6 K&N Engineering Ford) can complete the sweep of the three currently scheduled tracks in the Volunteer State. He has two wins in Memphis and a victory at Bristol in 2003.
Mom Goes Over The Wall To Aid Son's Nashville Effort
Leave it to mom.
With regular rear tire carrier Joe Szwaczkowski absent due to emergency surgery -- and no other licensed NASCAR crew member available -- Patricia "Tree" Stout will join the over-the-wall crew for son J.C. Stout's (No. 91 Sterling Trucks Chevrolet) race this Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.
Normally, Mrs. Stout is the team's "mom" away from home who makes sure the team is well-fed and hydrated. She'll still perform those duties but once racetime comes, Mrs. Stout will don a firesuit.
"I have to do whatever is needed to keep J.C. going," she said.
Added Don Stout, her husband and the team's manager, "In the face of adversity, you have to make lemons into lemonade."
Driver J.C. Stout said, "She can do whatever she puts her mind to, and I love her for being willing to do this for me and our team."
The mother and son as over-the-wall crew member and driver is believed to be a first in a NASCAR national series.